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  1. Randi

    Gcrkranch: Calving

    Your barn setup looks a lot like ours.
  2. Randi

    Calving Season Photos

    Oh, Yeah, the snow is gone. Pretty much on schedule this year, snow melted mostly in mid March, and the grass is started to grow now.
  3. Randi

    Managing LBW Calves ?

    We've calved a few in really cold weather. Last April (Easter time) we were seeing -30 C overnight. We were done the first cycle by then, but March wasn't real sweet either. This year, when our heifers started (end of Feb) we were seeing those -30's again. And we were having 55-65 lb calves, not...
  4. Randi

    Backwards calf

    Last year we had 11 sets, lost 4 calves and one set was born in the cold which I am pretty sure is why they died. And we helped 2 sets be born. 1 calf was backwards and one was backwards and upside down.
  5. Randi

    Backwards calf

    And we rarely have big problems with twins. More often than not, we just go out and find a cow with 2 calves. Out of 3 sets so far this year, 2 were unassisted and one set we helped. Only problem with that set was that the second calf had 1 foot coming up under the first calf. They both came...
  6. Randi

    Calving Season Photos

    Thanks, My favourite is the black brf calf laying down. She has some sass!
  7. Randi

    Calving Season Photos

    She is pretty sweet, and was a pretty big surprise when she came out looking like that. Her mother has never thrown anything colourful like that before and she is one of our oldest cows. DH wasn't all that impressed :banana:
  8. Randi

    Calving Season Photos

    Thanks, Yes, she raises some whoppers, and she's on borrowed time. Same with her mother who is 11 this year. Mom is done this year, her udder was always pretty poor, but she lasted a LOT longer than I thought she would. So far we haven't had to touch either one of them, which is why they are...
  9. Randi

    Calving Season Photos

    Thanks, guys. We have Presort Sales up here...So no...the different colours don't really matter too much. Spots and roans will get docked, unless they are Tan/grey, the buyers don't really care then. Big calves 600 lbs and up, don't get hit too hard either. Those are pretty much all the...
  10. Randi

    Calving Season Photos

    Calving season is in full swing here, we are about 75% done, and have 300 ish calves on the ground. I've got a ton of photos, and for anyone who would like, I think that you can click this link to my FB album. https://www.facebook.com/Randi.DeBruyne/media_set?set=a.10216356554200058&type=3 Here...
  11. Randi

    Managing LBW Calves ?

    I don't like those really small calves, sure they have lots of vigor if the weather is warm, but in below freezing temps, they freeze up real fast. A 100 lb calf, you will find him up and sucking, the 60 lb calf will be laying there freezing up. It's a simple matter of body mass and if it is...
  12. Randi

    Backwards calf

    I've seen about 3 calves born backwards in 20 years. I'm sure it happens more often than we think it does. And, I am sure some of the 'stillborn' calves that are found were likely backwards and the cow didn't finish pushing/get up quick enough and the calf suffocated with it's head still inside...
  13. Randi

    Calving Woes

    I don't worry about malpresentations happening again in the same cow. I've got the records to back it up. Other than one cow, years ago that had 3 backwards calves, I don't think I've had a cow have more than 1 malpresentation in her life.
  14. Randi

    Calving Woes

    Same to you, lol. We see one or two a year.
  15. Randi

    Calving Woes

    Yesterday we saved a set of twins. Both coming front feet first. Should have been no problem for the cow, but the first calf was in the sac, so we were really watching her. She got the first one out to the shoulders, then nothing. When we finally got her caught (she wanted to kill), found that...
  16. Randi

    Calving Woes

    Long Read... Here's a tale of 3 cows.... We are calving 400 head out, and we just got nicely started on the cow herd yesterday, with 11 calves since Midnight Mar 16. Our protocol for cows is that if they have not made progress within 1/2 to 1 hour we get them in and check them out. This...
  17. Randi

    Birth Defect

    One of those things. We haven't seen this one before. Now we are milking her mama, waiting for a set of twins or one of the cull cows to calve.
  18. Randi

    Birth Defect

    Had this calf born the other day. It was alive, but died shortly after.
  19. Randi

    And so it Begins

    Yes we did, finally.
  20. Randi

    And so it Begins

    We have 350 cows due Mar 13...the long term forecast is terrible. Hopefully we will have most of our heifers calved by then!
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